White Sox take 2nd straight from rival Cubs


May 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Moises Sierra (25) hits a double against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

This year, the Chicago White Sox were the sweepers at Wrigley Field, as they were the victors Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 5-1.

Besides beating the 11-win, 20-loss Cubs for the second straight night, the best part about this win was the White Sox moved back to the .500 mark at 17-17 overall this season, second place in the AL Central.

The Cubs are the fourth team this season to reach the 20-loss mark.

How did this win come to the surface?

The White Sox scored four of their five runs in combined in the eighth and ninth innings, including a three-run ninth that put the game away.

Gordon Beckham finished 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, but Moises Sierra also chipped in largely with a 4-for-4 night with one run scored.

The White Sox totaled 11 hits with those two players gaining eight combined hits. Jose Abreu, Tyler Flowers and Jordan Danks each had one hit.

It was another good night at the plate (for the most part) by the White Sox offense, though they did bat 2-for-12 with RISP, stranding six runners.

Another plus for this game was Hector Noesi had a quality start but had a no-decision. In his five innings on the mound, he allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk. He did finish with six strikeouts.

The winning pitcher was Zach Putnam (1-0). He pitched two innings of relief, allowing no runs and no hits.

In all, the White Sox bullpen stepped up their game by allowing no runs and no hits. They walked two, and the trio of Putnam, Scott Downs and Daniel Webb combined for five strikeouts.

Now the games are at US Cellular Field, and it is now time for the White Sox to defend the Cell on Wednesday and Thursday.

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